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Lithium Niobate modulator driver module delivers 43 Gb/s eye diagrams with low Jitter (1.5 picoseconds) and 7 V typical amplitude. Module offers crossing point control, output level control, output level detection, and internal temperature compensation. It is SONET/SDH compatible, and has 6 dB output amplitude adjustment range and measured input of 1.1 picoseconds RMS.

Original Press Release:

Picosecond Pulse Labs and TriQuint Semiconductor Demonstrate Optical Networking Driver Module with 43Gb/s Performance

Boulder, Colorado - February 12, 2002. - Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc. today announced the development of an advanced 43Gb/s Lithium Niobate modulator driver module for high-speed optical networking applications (see performance data below). This extremely broadband driver is targeted for the OC-768/STM-256 (40Gb/s) telecommunications market. The availability of 43Gb/s Lithium Niobate modulator driver modules is a key enabler in the development of OC-768 optical transport equipment. As major telecom equipment manufacturers bring their new OC-768 systems to market, they will benefit from being able to use familiar single-ended Lithium Niobate modulator technology with this new driver product.

Offering performance previously unavailable, this new modulator driver delivers very high quality, clean 43 Gb/s eye diagrams with low jitter and 7V typical amplitude. The module provides a high degree of flexibility to system designers by including features such as crossing point control, output level control, output level detection, and internal temperature compensation. Picosecond will be demonstrating the driver module in its booth at the 2002 Optical Fiber Conference held March 17-22 in Anaheim, California. The product will begin sample shipments in March 2002.

"The collaboration with TriQuint has enabled Picosecond to achieve a unique technology leadership position of high output power and broad bandwidth with the OC-786/STM-256 Lithium Niobate driver module. Several lead customers have stated the performance of the driver, an advanced development product, is the best demonstrated to date. Picosecond intends to continue collaborating with these lead customers while finalizing the product's development," commented Picosecond Chief Engineer Martin Van Pelt.

"Picosecond is accessing our 43Gb/s optical networking MMIC chip set as an advanced development partner of TriQuint. Picosecond's has designed a module product that fully captures the high performance capability of these leading edge MMIC devices. I am extremely pleased that they have been able to obtain these world-class results with our MMICs," stated Mike Sanna, TriQuint Director of Broadband Business.

TYPICAL 43Gb/s MEASURED DATA: SONET/SDH compatible with data rates through 43Gb/s Non-Return-to Zero (NRZ) 7-volts eye amplitude (Vamp) output drive 6dB output amplitude adjustment range Jitter of 1.5 picoseconds RMS with a measured input of 1.1 picoseconds RMS

Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc., a privately held corporation located in Boulder, CO, is a leading designer and manufacturer of components and test and measurement equipment for high-speed communications systems. Founded in 1980 by Dr. James R. Andrews as a spin-off from the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), Picosecond has a 20-year legacy of innovation in metrology and ultra-broadband design. The company's components, which are integrated into fiber optic transmission equipment, are purchased by major telecommunications systems vendors worldwide and provide a unique combination of high reliability and superior performance. Picosecond is ISO 9001 certified. For additional information, call 303-443-1249; write to 2500 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301 or; or visit

Christina Liebman
Marketing Communications Manager
Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc.
(303) 209-8119

Kipp Schoen
Product Manager
Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc.
(303) 209-8133
Email: kschoen@picosecond.coni

ABOUT TRIQUINT: TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT - news) is a leading supplier of high performance components for communications applications. The company strives for diversity in its markets, applications, products, technology and customer base. Markets include wireless communications, telecommunications, data communications, and aerospace with a specific focus on RF, analog and mixed signal applications. TriQuint provides customers with standard and custom product solutions as well as foundry services. Products are based on advanced process technologies including gallium arsenide, indium phosphide, silicon germanium, and SAW filters. TriQuint customers include major communications companies worldwide. TriQuint has facilities located in Oregon, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts in the United States and in Costa Rica. All facilities are certified to the IS09001 international quality standard.

TriQuint is headquartered at 2300 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124 Phone: 503/615-9000 (fax 503/615-8900). Visit the TriQuint web-site at

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